Online Degrees Soar in Popularity

After raising the number of online degrees they offered and becoming accredited by a nationally-recognized accrediting institution, the University of Minnesota at Crookston has recently seen a huge hike in enrollment numbers. As students flock to earn their degrees online, the colleges that are catering to this demographic are those that are getting the students. According to the Crookston Daily Times:

Online credit hours at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are up 41 percent over summer semester 2006. The increase is being attributed to the U of M, Crookston accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), along with two additional bachelor's degrees available entirely online.

"As a working adult, I knew that the traditional on campus college degree was not an option for me," said Tony Decembrini, an online manufacturing management student from California. "I needed and wanted something a little more flexible. As a transfer student I was searching for the right online degree and the University of Minnesota, Crookston was just what I was looking for."

As more students seek degrees from online institutions, more employers hire employees who hold online degrees, and more colleges are getting in on the trend. The growing number of students seeking online degrees serves as just more evidence that online degrees are becoming more and more legitimate to people all over the world.

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